The BEST Episodes of The Looming Tower

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Network: Hulu

The rivalry between the FBI and CIA and how it may have inadvertently set the stage for Osama bin Laden and the tragedy of 9/11. Based on the non-fiction book by Lawrence Wright.

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#1 - 9/11

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 18, 2018

September 11, 2001 and no one can get a hold of O’Neill. Soufan’s evacuation from Yemen stops short as the CIA Station Chief gives him all the answers he has been asking from the CIA for months. Schmidt is reinstated into Alec Station. Soufan finally interrogates Abu Jandal.

star 8.39
655 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk

#2 - Tuesday

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 11, 2018

The CIA becomes aware that Hazmi and Mihdhar are gone and must relay that to the FBI. O’Neill accepts a job as head of security at the World Trade Center. Soufan is sent back to Yemen. Hazmi, Mihdhar and Atta head to Vegas for a final indulgence.

star 8.00
613 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Adam Rapp
A Very Special Relationship

#3 - A Very Special Relationship

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 4, 2018

Everyone adjusts to a new president and, with it, a shift in threat priority. Soufan learns of the importance of UBL’s bodyguard and is refused access to him. O’Neill is denied re-entry into Yemen and forced to resign. The terrorists in the U.S., Hazmi, Mihdhar and Atta, are lost by their U.S. handler.

star 7.88
633 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Bathsheba Doran
Losing My Religion

#4 - Losing My Religion

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 28, 2018

Following the simultaneous embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, the FBI begins its investigation on the ground, while the CIA starts working on a retaliation plan.

star 7.78
824 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Dan Futterman
Mistakes Were Made

#5 - Mistakes Were Made

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 28, 2018

The FBI finds one of the surviving terrorists and discovers a game changing lead in Nairobi, while the CIA’s retaliation plan in approved.

star 7.77
737 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Bash Doran
The General

#6 - The General

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 28, 2018

O'Neill and Soufan travel to Yemen to begin the investigation into the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. The FBI becomes aware of a meeting in Malaysia and of Khallad, without knowing the CIA has been aware of both of those things for months.

star 7.76
605 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Ali Selim
Boys at War

#7 - Boys at War

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 21, 2018

Vince continues asking for permission to share Mihdhar's visa with the FBI. O'Neill loses his briefcase and an investigation into his handling of classified materials begins. A boy, radicalized after the CIA's retaliation attack killed his friend, travels to Yemen to start his own martyrdom journey.

star 7.75
653 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Dan Futterman
Now It Begins...

#8 - Now It Begins...

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 28, 2018

The chief of the FBI’s counter-terrorism unit, John O’Neill, invites rookie Muslim-American agent, Ali Soufan, onto his squad. Fighting to get information from the CIA, they soon realize their work is just beginning…as two American embassies are bombed.

star 7.70
960 votes
Directors: Alex Gibney
Writers: Dan Futterman

#9 - Mercury

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 7, 2018

Continuing to keep information from the FBI, Schmidt is fired from Alec Station. Diane makes an important discovery about the owner of the phone number Owhali gave Chesney. O'Neill searches for solace in his faith as his personal and professional lives crumble before him.

star 7.59
711 votes

#10 - Y2K

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 14, 2018

The CIA and FBI are on high alert as threats surrounding the new millennium abound. O'Neill and Soufan raid an AQ cell in Brooklyn. The CIA continues to hide vital information from the FBI while they track suspicious individuals entering the U.S.

star 7.56
682 votes